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January 31, 2022

Raimondo: Manchin 'gettable' on revised Build Back Better plan

Source: Politico

Sen. Joe Manchin is “gettable” on a revised Build Back Better package, a key part of the Biden administration's agenda, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Monday.

“I think he's gettable. I think we will get him. I think this is going to happen,” Raimondo said during a POLITICO Women Rule interview.

It was opposition from Manchin (D-W.Va.) that effectively sunk Democrats' plans late last year to pass President Joe Biden's massive social spending package, which includes provisions on child care, education, climate change and infrastructure, through an evenly-divided Senate. Manchin has not ruled out supporting a retooled and scaled-back package but negotiations on such a bill have yet to take shape. The West Virginia senator said last month that such talks would be “starting from scratch, whenever they start.”

With no margin for error in the Senate, any legislation would need the support of Manchin — and every other Democratic senator — in order to pass.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/31/manchin-revised-build-back-better-00003761
January 31, 2022

Tim Ryan's plea to Ohio's White working class: Trust Democrats again

Washington Post

IRONTON, Ohio — Congressman Tim Ryan has been traveling the foothills of western Appalachia with a joke about marriage he hopes will make him Ohio’s next U.S. Senator.

The voters he needs to turn his way — the forgotten, the struggling, in communities with hollow factories, Trump flags and fentanyl epidemics — don’t agree with everything he stands for as a Democrat. But then, he asks his small crowds, who does?

“If my wife and I have 10 conversations in one day and we agree on six or seven of them, we crack a bottle of wine and celebrate how great our marriage is,” he said at a recent stop here along the Ohio River, just a few blocks from an empty brownfield where furnaces once burned. “So why would you think you are going to agree with someone 100 percent of the time?”

Ryan’s bet — and the national Democratic dream — is that a few issues still just might matter more than his party label. He lists three whenever he speaks, after talking up his small-town upbringing and all of his union relatives who once worked at steel plants or auto suppliers: rebuilding the country with major public works spending, new government investing in manufacturing industries and beating China.
January 31, 2022

N.Y. Democrats Could Gain 3 House Seats Under Proposed District Lines

Source: New York Times

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Democrats on Sunday proposed a starkly partisan redesign of the state’s congressional map that would be one of the most consequential in the nation, offering the party’s candidates an advantage in 22 of the state's 26 House districts in this fall’s midterm election.

Party leaders in Albany insisted that the redrawn districts were not politically motivated, but the map immediately exposed Democrats to charges that they were engaging in the same kind of gerrymandering that many in the party have denounced as anti-democratic and accused Republicans of carrying out elsewhere.

The proposed lines promise to be a major boon for the party for a decade to come, beginning with a hard-fought national battle with Republicans this year for control of the House of Representatives. With President Biden’s agenda hanging in the balance, Democratic gains in New York could help offset those Republicans expect to rack up in red states like Texas, Florida and Georgia.

“With the stroke of a pen they can gain three seats and eliminate four Republican seats,” said Dave Wasserman, a national elections analyst with the Cook Political Report, who called the proposed lines “an effective gerrymander” by Democrats.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/30/nyregion/new-york-redistricting-congressional-map.html
January 31, 2022

A "Brexit Freedom" Bill...

The Guardian.

Boris Johnson will attempt to seize back control of the government agenda this week with a policy blitz, a Brexit bill and flying visit to Ukraine, as Westminster remains in the grip of paralysis over the Sue Gray and police inquiries into No 10 parties.

Amid frustration in No 10 at the uncertainty surrounding the report on rule-breaking parties in Downing Street, sources said Johnson was determined to deflect public outrage with a schedule of high-profile announcements and photo opportunities that he also hopes will show MPs he remains focused.

On Monday, Johnson is announcing plans for legislation to make it easier to rip up EU regulations and protections, after criticism from Conservative MPs that the government has not taken sufficient advantage of Brexit.

January 30, 2022

'Awesome person': Lindsey Graham praises one of Biden's Supreme Court candidates

Source: Yahoo News

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday heaped praise on U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs, who is speculated to be one of President Biden's leading contenders for the Supreme Court.

"I can't think of a better person for President Biden to consider for the Supreme Court than Michelle Childs," Graham said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "She has wide support in our state. She is considered to be a fair-minded, highly gifted jurist. She's one of the decent people I've ever met."

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/lindsey-graham-j-michelle-childs-biden-supreme-court-171545186.html
January 30, 2022

Update: Our cat has been put to sleep

He's 17 and had health problems, but started to fail last week; stopped eating, increased frailty walking and jumping and increasingly vocal. We were going to spend the weekend with him and then take him to the vet to be put to sleep, but he got into the basement and has crawled under the stairs where we can't get to him. I worry he's going to dehydrate over the next couple of days and we won't have an opportunity to save him from the pain and say goodbye...

UPDATE: We were able to coax him close enough to the hole under the stairs so we could pull him out. We stayed with him and his favorite curling up sweater and then took him to the vet.

First time in 20 years we'll have no cat in the house. We usually tried to overlap them, but Tigger was too set in his ways to accept a change in the household.

January 30, 2022

The New York Democrat who is quitting Congress for a longshot governor bid


ALBANY, N.Y. — Just 6 percent of New York Democrats would back New York Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi for governor, according to the most recent polling, which tied him for last place in the primary race this year.

The chair of the state party is publicly encouraging him to drop his primary challenge against Gov. Kathy Hochul, a fellow Democrat who both the right and left called a political force even before she announced a $21 million war chest and a budget full of spending for all.

But Suozzi has a plan.

It requires roughly $15 million, a very specific coalition of support and for New York voters to hold a level of mistrust toward Hochul’s fledgling administration, according to an internal memo shared with POLITICO that lays out the campaign’s next steps

He's running TV ads claiming that he'll replace District Attorneys who fail to prosecute criminals (several have said they won't prosecute low-level crimes), depute the fact that these are elected offices.

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